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Richard Mbulu’s setback

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The 2016 TNM Super League’s top scorer, Richard Mbulu, will have to endure another period of waiting before he realises his dream of playing professional football.

Mbulu was expected to join Portuguese side, Sporting Club de Esmortiz this month but the move has not materialised.

Instead, the goal poacher signed a contract with Mozambican side, Costa do Sol, who sent their agents to Malawi three weeks ago.

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Mbulu was expected to leave Wednesday for Mozambique, but Mafco officials blocked the trip, saying they were not aware of the contract he signed.

According to Mafco Chairperson, Richard Chagonapanja, the Mozambican club sent a copy of the contract in Portuguese, hence their refusal to allow Mbulu to leave.

“We cannot release him without seeing a copy of the contract he signed. Apparently, the agents just sneaked into the country and got his signature in our absence,” Chagonapanja said.

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“So we have asked the agents to send us an English copy of the contract before we release the player. We cannot act on a Portuguese copy of the contract. We are English speaking.”

He disclosed that Mbulu will be required to play for Costa do Sol for a year to qualify for a visa to Portugal.

The chairperson said the Portuguese club sent air tickets for the player together with money [K3.5 million as transfer fee].

“Indeed, money has been deposited into our [bank] account for the services of Mbulu. But we are not in a hurry. We are an institution that thrives on following procedures. Of course, the player is impatient about the move, but we want the best for him,” Chagonapanja added.

He said there was need for MDF’s lawyers to study the contract’s terms and conditions.

Mbulu confirmed having signed the contract and said the officials left without giving him a copy.

“They promised to send me my copy later. I signed the contract in December, but I am ready to go by what my bosses say,” Mbulu said.

The striker scored 19 goals to win the Golden Boot Award.

Mbulu is gunning to become the first Malawian to play in Portugal.

Former Silver Strikers forward, Chawanangwa Kawonga, played for Chibuto in Mozambique with prospects of making it to Portugal, but the move fell through.

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